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From accurate and -cy suffix.



accuracy (plural accuracies)

  1. The state of being accurate; freedom from mistakes, this exemption arising from carefulness; exact conformity to truth, or to a rule or model; exactness; nicety; correctness
    The value of testimony depends on its accuracy.
    • 1827, Thomas Reid, Essays on the Powers of the Human Mind[1],  
      Its professed end [of logic], is to teach men to think, to judge, and to reason, with precision and accuracy.
    • 1856, Dionysius Lardner, Popular Lectures on Science and Art[2],  
      The efficiency of the instrument will also depend upon the accuracy with which the piston fits the bottom and sides of the barel. When the piston is depressed to the bottom, it is considered in theory to be in absolute contact, so as to exclude every particle of air from the space between it and the bottom.

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